How did you meet?
We were at a Washington D.C. bar called "The Front Page" with separate groups and Jackson and his buddy were surveying patrons in attendance about their thoughts on his remaining 'No Shave November' mustache. In his words, "with the tally at 10-to-9 in favor of his mustache, Jackson was told there was a potential tying 'NO' vote from a beautiful young lady in a red sweater (Jennifer). Determined to flip her vote, Jackson approached this red sweatered gal and asked, "On a scale of one to Stranger Danger, what do you think of my mustache?" What happened next? The start of Jennifer and Jackson's history." I did say "Stranger Danger," but we talked for hours and exchanged numbers to plan a future date.
Tell us about the proposal
Jackson proposed shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve (12/31/18) at my apartment in Washington, DC. I had flown back from Texas late and he prepared a nice homecooked steak dinner. We were dancing and when I twirled back around to him, he was down on one knee, holding out a little box and then he popped the question. I said yes, of course.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day?
Both the Sheraton Gunter and St. Mary's Catholic Church provided for beautiful settings. We both love the color blue, so incorporated that throughout. And we had a good amount of out of town guests traveling in and wanted to provide them a Texas experience, so had some San Antonio/Texas/Hill Country elements along with bits of the groom's home state of California.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did?
There was much internet research, and many calls and spreadsheets made (and when we could in-person visits - planning from out of town made it tough), but ultimately it came down to a mix of quality, price and ease. We did bring on Diana Boucher for help after we chose the venue, so we had her advice or recommendations on most vendors after that. We were very pleased with all and had compliments from our guests on so many separate elements of the day.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
I thought the string musicians with cantor (Monte Vista Strings) in the scenic church were amazing. During 'Ave Maria,' I felt like I was in a dream. During the reception, we were publicly presented a congratulatory signed letter from the President and First Lady (a good friend works in the White House). And we did our send off with guests waving Texas, California and American flags.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations?
Everything was lovely and seamless. If only we could pause time to take it in more and spend more time with our guests! It went by so fast.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding?
If you have the budget to, work with someone like Diana Boucher and bring them on as early as possible. She really did minimize stress and make me feel much more at ease, especially planning a wedding from across the country. And in general, start as early as possible on your vendor search - we knew we wanted to get married in 2019, but wanted to maximize time to plan and we actually ended up moving up our target time to September because so little was available in the later months of the year because that's prime wedding time in San Antonio once it cools down!
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